One day ahead of Art Basel opened its design sister fair 'Design Miami / Basel' the preview-doors. It is the 5th edition of this prestigious fair for limited edition design art objects here in Basel. Director Ambra Medda invited 32 International cutting edge design galleries to Switzerland.
When I walked across the fair, it became again more and more evident to me that the formerly two fields of visual arts and design merge into each other.
And there are designers, who move towards installation art:
London based Carpenters Workshop Gallery offered a wonderful installation by Tomáš Gabzdil Libertiny: 'The Unbearable Lightness' depicted a human figure in a glass cube. Inside of the glass cube were real honeybees, which covered the figure with their natural wax.
The Slovakian-born, now Rotterdam-based, head of Studio Libertiny did really a great piece!
It clearly references to early installation 'A Thousend Years' of 1990 by Damien Hirst. It is more an installation art object, rather than a traditional 'design' object.
Galerie Kreo from Paris, France, offered a nice chair by the Brazilian star designers Fernando & Humberto Campana. They created a playful chair with pet lion dolls.
Cologne based Gabrielle Ammann Gallery offered provocative light objects by Tom Sachs. One of these light objects - formerly known as lamps - depicted a floating skull. The artist cut the skull’s top open and filled it with colorful pharmaceutical pills.
Yes, I know, there are too many Damien Hirst references in it, which nobody wants to see anymore. However, thinking about my friends on Prozac and the like, I often have the feeling we humans are really made up from pharmaceutical chemicals only.
I like about the Design Miami fairs that they have an artistic approach towards design and they save my time by leaving out all the antiquity dealers.
Design Miami / Basel in Basel, Switzerland, 14th - 19th June 2010